Anxiety is running high as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, particularly in cybersecurity circles. The 2017 NotPetya attack was a Russian cyber-weapon fired at the Ukraine. In 2017, NotPetya spread to FedEx, Maersk, Merck, and several other companies, and it would be naïve not to expect a spillover from the 2022 attack. Indeed, a barrage of similar “wipers” has already been fired in 2022, and reports are circulating that some computers in Lithuania have been impacted.
Many cyber-weapons are delivered through phishing attacks, and companies can take three important steps to help prevent these attacks:
- Send out a training reminder to all employees about spotting and avoiding phish email that may carry the malware into your environment.
- Recognize that training will not be enough; increase filtering for malicious messages.
- Push for multi-factor authentication for remote access to email.